Monday, March 16, 2009


I got to see the new NBC show "Kings" last night. The plot of the show was based on the story of David and Goliath (and then David's subsequent rise to the throne) from the Bible but the kingdom is in the 21st century and has elements of American culture and society.

The show begins with the king dedicating a new capital city and his people celebrating this dedication while the army is off fighting a distant war at the border. David (an soldier in the kingdom's army) rescues the king's son who was taken hostage and is considered a hero by the King's court and is transferred to work in the palace. That is where the real drama starts!

I am finding they are making a difficult marriage of elements (ancient kingdom with 21st century American culture) and the focus of the show will be more character development and interpersonal relationships then the bigger plot, particularly as many viewers will not be able to grasp the concept of an transplanting an ancient kingdom to modern society. This is to be expected as people are more interested in seeing dramatic themes and issues as opposed to historical narrative when they tune into a network Sunday night show.

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